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Spartacus actors Viva Bianca and Ellen Hollman. (Photo by Dave Gatley)
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PHOTOS: 'Spartacus' Stars Deliver Smiles to Deployed Troops

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The cast members of the Starz drama "Spartacus" deliver touches of home to deployed troops in the Middle East.

The actors visited six installations in Kuwait, including visits to troops serving at Camp Virginia, Camp Buehring and Camp Arifjan. Additionally, the band of actors touched the lives of more than 1,600 servicemen and women serving overseas.

The group included Australian born Liam McIntyre and Viva Bianca, New Zealand native Manu Bennett and Michigan born Ellen Hollman were excited to discuss the show's final season, “Spartacus: War of the Damned,” which will premiere in the U.S. on the Starz television network on Jan. 25, 2013.

 

From left to right, "Spartacus" actors Viva Bianca, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett and Ellen Hollman strike a Spartan pose in front of the U.S. Army Area Support Group Headquarters Facility on Nov. 5. This was the group's first USO tour.

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Bennett gives a big kiss on the cheek of Sgt. Rexach, one of the more than 300 troops that lined up to get autographs and photos taken with Bennett and his fellow "Spartacus" actors as part of a USO meet and greet.

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The cast poses for a photo with troops in the Middle East as part of their first USO tour.

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Bianca, left, and Hollman get set to board a C-17 on Nov. 4.

"To say the USO tour had an impact on me is an understatement," Hollman said. "Not only were the troops beyond inspiring with their dedication and bravery but also very receptive to my inspiration for the tour. My dear childhood friend, Sgt. Michael McClaren Kashkoush was lost to us while serving in Al Anabar in 2007. He's motivated me to be the best warrior I can be on screen and to do my absolute best to support our amazing troops. I can't thank the USO enough for this priceless opportunity."

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Bennett gets a lift from USO volunteer Ally LeClair at one of their meet and greet visits to a USO Center in the Middle East.

Bennett said: "Many I met had already done active service in Iraq and Afghanistan and the stories I heard made me realize the price of freedom. ... I have come to know America better through it's soldiers who ultimately fight for peace, freedom and a better world for generations to come."

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McIntyre took a few moments to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in service at a base in the Middle East.

"This trip has been amazing for all of us," McIntyre said. "The men and women we met, who put their lives on the line everyday, are an amazing group of people. Being able to share my first USO tour experience with my cast mates makes it even more memorable. I know I speak for us all when I say ‘Thank you’ to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces for keeping us safe and for all that you do."

* See even more images on our Spartacus Flickr set. 

(Photos by Dave Gatley - USO / Produced by Christian Pelusi) 

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